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Foo Fighters release new album ‘Medicine At Midnight’

After frontman Dave Grohl confirmed the completion of the record some 12 months ago, Foo Fighters have finally released their tenth studio album, Medicine At Midnight. Clearly it was worth the wait; just one week after the album saw the light of day, it charted at Number 1 with 42,500 sales, 74% of which were hard copy CDs and vinyl. The record outsold competition by a landslide, which raises the question: is rock really dead? Clue: no.

Foo Fighters are known for their consistent sound, never straying far from their original post grunge formula with a predictability that ensures fans are satisfied. This is unlike the experimental direction many bands take as their careers progress, which is often met with a mass of disapproving comments. That being said, Medicine At Midnight is more pop-orientated, and in the words of Grohl, “groovier” and “a really fun record.”

First up on the album is Making A Fire and it’s a catchy number, with punchy drums and signature guitar riffs, along with choir background vocals which add something different. Lyrics 'I’ve waited a lifetime to live, it’s time to ignite' are appropriate for the current state of the world. Up next is Shame Shame, the first single from the album which was released in November last year. Taylor Hawkins’ drums were recorded in a stairwell, offering a roomy quality which is carried throughout the track. The guitar riff for Cloudspotter was originally devised in a Seattle basement during the band’s beginnings a quarter of a century ago, and makes for a funky track with distorted guitars, offset by a subdued vocal style and pessimistic lyrics.

Waiting On A War, the third single from the album, is simplistic and retrospective, with an acoustic guitar and strings, whereas title track Medicine At Midnight, laced with cowbell sounds and vocal harmonies, provides a little more energy. No Son of Mine is one of the more aggressive tracks on the album, incorporating a fast paced blend of growly vocals, repetitive riffs and pounding drums. Much of the same, Holding Poison is another rock song typical of the band, unlike ballad-esque fourth single Chasing Birds, which is mellow in comparison. Dave Grohl describes final track Love Dies Young as his “favourite song on the record”, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser when the band performs the album live for the first time.


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